The Seattle Chinese Garden (also known as Xi Huan Yuan) is not only the largest of its kind in the United States, but also one the largest outside China. Offering gorgeous views and a continually changing array of plants, the park includes several pavilions built using traditional Chinese materials and techniques. Visitors can view slide presentations of the construction process as part of docent-guided tours. Tours are free and last 90 minutes. For easiest access, park at the north entry.
West Seattle may be the most unjustly neglected part of the city, and this park is a case in point. It is unknown even to many residents, but its 68 acres of forest are among the most breathtaking in the area. Visitors should plan a day trip or stay for the night in one of the cabins. Staff naturalists are available for rock climbing classes and interpreted nature walks.
5551 Southwest Admiral Way Seattle, WA 98116 +1 206 684 4075
Just a few blocks south from the beach blanket and ice cream shack mayhem of Alki Beach, Schmitz Park is a veritable time warp back to a Seattle before the European settlers came. Home to the only remaining stand of old-growth forest in the city, it's been left alone for wanderers to discover. Some of the cedars are 800 years old!
8011 Fauntleroy Way Southwest Seattle, WA 98136 +1 206 684 4075
Hidden away in the southern reaches of West Seattle, Lincoln Park in many respects is the ultimate archetype of a Seattle park. Big but not too big, woodsy but not too densely forested, everything is just right. The beach is perfect for exploring, the meadows just right for Frisbee and the picnic areas nicely sheltered. And, Colman Pool-open only during summer- lets you experience the salty waters of Puget Sound without the icy temperatures. If that doesn't provide waves enough, walk out of the park to the south and hop the ferryboat for a scenic 15-minute ride over to Vashon Island.
From the hilltops of West Seattle's only course, golfers can view Elliott Bay, the Duwamish Waterway and downtown Seattle. Busy but well-kept, the fairways and tee-boxes stay in pretty good shape. The hilly course that is about 6482 yards makes for exciting golf. Make reservations up to one week in advance. This golf course is open all days of the week from 6a onwards.
4500 West Marginal Way Southwest Seattle, WA 98106 +1 206 624 5077
Gray Line Of Seattle is a full-service company, offering tours of various durations. Travel is by luxury bus, and you can choose something as simple as a city tour or take a trip of several days to a variety of interesting places. Tours include Mount St. Helens, a 10-hour trip to Mount Rainier, the Olympic Peninsula, a 13-hour trip through the San Juan Islands, and British Columbia. Package tours include lodging, and some may include meals.
1075 Lake Washington Boulevard East Washington Park Arboretum Seattle, WA 98122 +1 206 684 4725
This garden, designed by world renowned garden designer Juki Iida, is a tranquil heaven of three and a half acres. The garden has coordinated plantings of maples, pines, mosses, ferns around a pond that has turtles and goldfish. Tea ceremonies are also performed on the second, third and fourth Saturday of every month. Observing this special ceremony is free, but participation is charged. The garden is at its peak bloom during mid May and is well worth visiting for its fresh colours and fragrances. For some days the times may vary, please check the website.
2700 24th Avenue East Seattle, WA 98112 +1 206 324 1126
With over 60,000 visitors every year, MOHAI has become one of Seattle's most popular museums, as it tries to preserve and promotes the rich history of the Pacific Northwest. The museum houses a vast collection of artifacts and items from this region. Its award-winning exhibitions and programs are worth checking out as through them you will be able to appreciate the region's rich and diverse history.
In addition to the remarkable Saint Edward State Park, there are also a number of small parks ringing Lake Washington. This little emerald is one of them, and it is near the top of that crowded class. It is a favorite with kids due to its playgrounds, baseball fields and tennis courts, but it is also a hit with adults who want to fish or splash in the lake.
East Madison Street & East Howe Street Seattle, WA 98102 +1 206 684 4075
At the end of East Madison Street, just past the quaint boutiques and gourmet restaurants, Madison Park & Beach has a fishing dock, a diving dock, tons of sand, a bathhouse and towering retirement homes, which are built out over the water. In summer, only the hasty departure of the afternoon sun-the beach faces northeast and the aggressive Canada geese get in the way of a perfect day at the beach. Even the ice cream truck makes regular calls. This is a favorite spot of Madison Park families.
A multi purpose venue, Oddfellows Building comprises of a Century
Ballroom, OddFellows Cafe, Molly Moon's Ice Cream Parlour, an interior designing office and a Oddfellows Hall. Situated on 915 East Pine Street, this hall is mainly used for holding ...
You could be forgiven for forgetting you are in Seattle
while walking through the Seattle Chinatown International District. Brimming over with Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Burmese and Laotian Americans, this district feels like South East Asia. This area boasts a ...
Sitting on Capitol Hill with Volunteer Park's large grassy knoll
at its entrance and a neighborhood known for its unique culture surrounding it, the Asian Art Museum is not to be missed. Have lunch in the park overlooking downtown ...